Sand in shoe liners

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Sand in shoe liners

Postby CraigVIC » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 5:32 am

I've got some new gtx runners and after a couple of days in the Little Desert it's apparent the gap between the outer and inner of the shoe is full of sand, so much so they actually feel like a smaller size. Amusingly, they sound like marracas when shaken. Less amusing is they're basically stuffed unless I can get it out.

Anyone had/solved this problem.
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby Lamont » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 7:57 am

I had it and it eventually destroyed some shoes. That was the end of my gtx phase.
If it's sand I think it's Adios gtx. Tried soaking the whole shoe in water? Maybe try and break down anything that will be dissolved? You never know it may just grind away before it makes a hole.


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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby crollsurf » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 8:43 am

I'm curious to know more about this and wondering what brand/model of shoe it is?

I'm guessing the outer is a mesh type material and the GTX is stopping you from blowing/washing/shaking the sand out
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby CraigVIC » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 10:52 am

Lamont wrote: If it's sand I think it's Adios gtx.


The more I think about it I think this is the case with probably plenty of damage done on the 20km back to my car after the problem became obvious. I might take it up with the retailer and see where it goes before trying anything else.

The shoes are one of the big hiking brands bought at a big box so nothing esoteric. To the naked eye the outer doesn't look permeable but obviously it is. Seems to be a one way street though as the grit won't shake back out.
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 11:34 am

I had this happen 30 years ago with a pair of LW Hi-Tec boots, went back to full leather boots and haven't bought a mesh shoe or boot for walking since then
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby ribuck » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 4:54 pm

I wonder if you can vacuum it out, using the vacuum cleaner's crevice nozzle.
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby Bill P » Wed 05 May, 2021 10:01 pm

Maybe cut a couple of slots in a suitable low stress area to drain or blow out the crud.? Then hand stitch up after. Shouldn't have to do that on new shoes, but if you cant fix it another way... Seems to be a significant design problem with the shoe hull. Which brand.?
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Re: Sand in shoe liners

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 07 May, 2021 6:12 pm

Sorry, I've been waiting for the return to play out.

Refunded in full by the manufacturer. The Anaconda return process was an eye opener, urgh.
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